Francisco Lindor Showed Few Flaws In First Full Season





BEST PLAYER: The youngest player in the Midwest League for a majority of the season, Francisco Lindor—a 5-foot-11, 175-pound switch-hitting shortstop—impressed Tribe brass on both sides of the ball. He also displayed the intangibles of a mature baseball intelligence, natural instincts and clubhouse leadership.

Batting .257/.352/.355 through 122 games, the Indians' 2011 first-round pick displayed an impressive feel for the strike zone (61-to-78 walk-to-strikeout ratio) and a mature approach at the plate. He collected 24 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 42 RBIs.

BEST PITCHER: Pitching in his first full season since 2009 following Tommy John surgery, the Indians believe righthander Danny Salazar established himself as a legitimate starting pitching prospect. With a fastball that reaches the upper 90s, a swing-and-miss changeup and a developing slider, Salazar threw all three pitches for strikes as his feel for attacking hitters advanced.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Salazar began the season at high Class A Carolina, going 1-2, 2.68, and was promoted to Double-A Akron at the beginning of August—where he went 4-0, 1.85.   

KEEP AN EYE ON: The 6-foot, 175-pound Dorssys Paulino began the 2012 season as a 17-year-old in the Rookie-level Arizona League before being promoted to short-season Mahoning Valley to end the year. Paulino, who signed with Cleveland in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic, hit .355/.404/.610 in Arizona before hitting .271/.306/.407 with Mahoning Valley.

WIGWAM WISPS

• The Indians called up three minor league players when rosters expanded Sept. 1: infielder Russ Canzler and lefthander Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus and outfielder Thomas Neal from Akron.

• Carolina second baseman Justin Toole played all nine positions in the Mudcats' 4-2 win over Salem on Aug. 25. Toole went 1-for-4 at the plate.